Do you want to see a really cool place for lunch? Then you have to go to Viklari, The Last Castle in Paphos, Cyprus.
Well known by all locals for great food and even better views, this secret hot-spot is a short drive away in Akamas Peninsula (directions at the bottom of the post). Don’t get put off by the rough road that takes you there, it will be well worth the drive. It doesn’t look like much from outside, but wait when you walk in!
You’re greeted by outstanding view on the side, and through a beautiful stone lined walkway, you enter the restaurant area covered with vines.
Everything in here is as rustic as it gets and I couldn’t love it more! The vines provide a lovely shade and reflect like a disco ball a beautiful mosaic on the floor.
It is beautifully green in spring and summer, definitely the best time to visit!
When we were there, the grapes were just getting ripe and the vine provided nice shelter from the midday heat.
We called a day earlier and booked a big table with a view – a must if you want to make it there for lunch in summer, this place gets really busy even weekdays.
We started with some house wine, served – how else – than in a rustic jug.
This is no place for picky eaters – the restaurant only serves one menu and lunch only, you choose either chicken or pork (or mixed).
It comes with gigantic chips, freshly prepared salad, some bread and of course wine! The food is good quality, I would say even better than you get in most restaurants in Paphos (especially in the harbor area).
The salad is rather simple but very fresh. Good fresh ingredients, you can’t go wrong with those.
Everyone is very friendly and this place is popular, so book ahead to avoid disappointment. If you have some spare time, you might like to visit Avakas Gorge, there is a turn towards it when you leave the restaurant.
Viklari, the Last Castle – Cyprus
opening hours: 11.00 am – 5.00 pm
contact: +357 26 991088 for bookings
Facebook page: here
If you’re looking for few ideas how to spend the day and enjoy lunch in this gorgeous place, here they are:
- Rent a buggy and explore Akamas Peninsula, have a dip in Lara Bay and come to Viklari for late lunch
- Explore Avakas George, the entrance is on the way to the restaurant and return here for lunch
- Take the kids to Paphos ZOO and spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the food & view in Viklari